YouTube Music coming soon

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YouTube to launch music streaming service on 22 May

It's also coming soon to the new markets Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where the service will cost the equivalent of Dollars 11.99 per month. As for what networks will be included in the service here, we'll have to wait and find out.

YouTube Music already has Google Assistant integration, but Lefsetz's demo makes it sound like it's been put on steroids. The company is also planning to rename the YouTube Red to YouTube Premium.

If you're a Google Play Music subscriber, Google says "you get a YouTube Music Premium membership as part of your subscription each month". Nothing else will change with Google Play Music for now. There is a free version available, with advertisements, you can also opt a Premium version that costs ten dollars per month.

A new report suggests that YouTube, with the new version of its music service it will also charge more for ad-free shows.

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But like the recently revamped Google News, YouTube Music will offer personalized playlists based on data that Google/YouTube already has on you, with a pinch of AI, of course.

Variety received a preview of the service earlier this week from the company's Lyor Cohen and T. Jay Fowler, and while it is in many ways similar to other major streaming services, a key advantage is that it is able to draw on YouTube's vast video archive for recommendations and links - not bootlegs or user-uploaded music, but officially sanctioned videos such as "Saturday Night Live" or BBC performances, as well as related non-musical content like televised artist interviews.

YouTube Music was originally part of YouTube Red, the company's subscription video streaming service, and though it is being decoupled, customers will be able to subscribe to both services if they buy a YouTube Red subscription, which is now priced at $11.99 per month. At the airport? We'll recommend something relaxing before the flight. Putting down a monthly subscription removes the advertising and unlocks some extra features, such as background listening (the music carries on while other apps are being used) and offline downloads. That means no matter what kind of music you like, where you are, what you're doing, or what mood you're in, you can easily find the right playlist for that moment. Subscribers will get YouTube Music added for free, but it's not clear what will eventually happen to the older service - it does offer some features that YouTube Music doesn't, like the option to upload digital tracks to the web and stream them to any device.

Next Tuesday, YouTube will try again, by launching its reinvented YouTube Music app in the US, South Korea, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, followed by another 14 countries in the following weeks.

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